An unplanned pregnancy can send anyone into a panic. We know how overwhelming it can be, but don’t let fear make any decisions for you! Make sure you get all the facts on abortion in Ohio, so you can make an informed and empowered decision! 


Today, we’re exploring the Ohio abortion law and the importance of ultrasounds in your unplanned pregnancy journey!

What is Ohio’s Abortion Law? Is Abortion Legal in Ohio?

At the time of writing this (December 2022), abortion is prohibited in Ohio beyond 20 weeks post-conception (or 22 weeks from the last menstrual period)[1]. Additionally, you are required to receive an ultrasound before an abortion in Ohio. 

Why Do I Need an Ultrasound?

While you are legally required to receive an ultrasound, you may be wondering why you’d want one if you’re considering abortion. The answer is that ultrasounds provide the insight needed to make an informed and empowered decision for an unexpected pregnancy! They determine two key things about your pregnancy: viability and gestational age.

What is Pregnancy Viability?

A viable pregnancy means that the pregnancy is progressing properly. For example, at about six weeks, the embryo should have a heartbeat[2]. The goal is to rule out a nonviable pregnancy, such as a miscarriage or an ectopic pregnancy—in either case, abortion isn’t needed.

What is Gestational Age?

How far along am I? Your ultrasound can answer that question! It’s important to know how far along you are (also known as your gestational age), as Ohio law prohibits abortion beyond 20 weeks gestation (or 22 weeks from the last menstrual period), as mentioned above. Additionally, you can’t take the abortion pill past 10 weeks of pregnancy[3]


If you intend to travel out of state for an abortion, be aware that the surrounding areas may prohibit abortion beyond a certain point as well. Before spending your money only to find out you aren’t eligible for abortion, consider receiving a free ultrasound at HerChoice! If your ultrasound determines that you’re too far along for abortion, our compassionate client advocates will help you explore all of your pregnancy options, so you can make the best choice for your health and future! 

Free Ultrasounds in Bowling Green, OH

No matter where you are in your unplanned pregnancy journey, you aren’t alone! Our compassionate team is here to provide the support and insight needed to make the most informed decision.


We offer free pregnancy tests, free ultrasounds, and a safe, compassionate space to explore your pregnancy options.


Don’t wait to get the care you deserve! Give us a call at (419) 354-4673 or schedule your appointment today


Please be aware that HerChoice does not provide or refer for abortion services. We do not profit from any of your sexual health or pregnancy decisions. Our limited ultrasound examination is strictly for the purposes of confirming your pregnancy, detecting fetal cardiac activity, and estimating gestational age. We cannot diagnose any medical problems you may be experiencing, pregnancy-related or otherwise. This article is for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for medical advice.


  1. Court: Ohio Can’t Appeal Block on ‘Heartbeat’ Abortion Law. U.S. News. (2022, December 16). Retrieved from 
  2. Männer, J. (2022, June 9). When Does the Human Embryonic Heart Start Beating? A Review of Contemporary and Historical Sources of Knowledge about the Onset of Blood Circulation in Man. Journal of Cardiovascular Development and Disease. Retrieved from
  3. Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. (2021, December 16). Mifeprex (Mifepristone). U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Retrieved from